iOS 5 tipped for September

Tim Grey
28 March, 2011
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With the iPad 2 safely delivered into the hands of Apple fanatics, reports of new releases have begun to circulate.

Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS, is rumoured to be in development, with a September release currently tipped. TechCrunch suggests users will get their first glimpse of iOS 5 at Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference in June this year.

The blog also claims that the rejigged iOS 5 will be heavily dependent on cloud capabilities, a rumour that’s in line with previous reports about a new streaming iTunes, or even a ‘music locker’ service.

Meanwhile, reports of a new graphical interface for iOS have emerged from AppleInsider, who uncovered a patent for a new, ‘more engaging way of browsing content.’

The patent points out that data such as contacts are largely displayed as text lists, although a system of images could also be employed to organize contacts, using tiled pictures or a dynamically generated mosaic. Likewise, contacts who worked for the same company could be grouped under a single image in much the same way iTunes groups artists.

“Unlike an alphabetically organized address book, this interface may allow [the] electronic device… to provide an address book that is intuitive to the user, and may enable a user to quickly call a number of users from the same contact group in succession,” reads the patent application.

Image courtesy of AppleInsider

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